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Bathroom fitters install almost all aspects of a bathroom – including showers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets and storage units.


Average salaries are in the region of £16,000.00 to £28,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Bathroom fitters install almost all aspects of a bathroom – including showers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets and storage units.

 

What they do

Working in construction as a bathroom fitter, you could install bathrooms in many different types of buildings such as homes, businesses and sports facilities.

Typical tasks include:

  • Measuring out work areas according to layout and design plans
  • Removing and disposing of old units and suites
  • Marking the location of hidden pipes and cables
  • Measuring and cutting surfaces, recesses and joints
  • Fitting units and appliances
  • Tiling walls and laying flooring
  • Clearing away debris at the end of the job

Hours & Salary:

The working week typically is 40 hours per week. Depending on the project size can involve individual or team work.  

  • Newly trained bathroom fitters can earn in the region of £13,500 - £17,000
  • Trained with experience bathroom fitters can earn in the region of £17,000 - £29,000
  • Senior or master bathroom fitters can earn in the region of £29,000 - £37,500

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed bathroom fitters set their own pay rates. 


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Case Study

I got into this job mainly from helping my father from a young age. Over time, I found I had a keen interest in seeing how we could develop the business further and specialise in certain areas, like fitting bespoke bathroom units.

What do you like about your role?

I enjoy walking into an empty room and creating something that will last and be used every day. People often know what they want but find it hard to describe and I enjoy helping them realise what is possible. With bathrooms, space is often quite limited so you have to think creatively about how to use it.

What does a typical day look like?

I work with the client to understand what they want their bathroom to look like and then craft bespoke units or buy in from a supplier. The role involves designing bathroom layouts and then installing the units, fixtures and fittings. We offer an end-to-end process, so will remove all the existing units before we begin and also liaise with other tradespeople such as the plumber and tiler to coordinate the other parts of the job.

Is there anything you do not like about your role?

I am pretty much interested in all the aspects my job entails. However, I would say that dealing with tricky customers can sometimes be challenging.

What are the most essential skills involved in your job?

Communication is essential. I need to have good people skills to work with my clients and to build a good relationship with the other trades I work with on the different parts of the job.

What was your background before starting this role?

Before starting this role in 2000 I attended college, doing my apprenticeship to become a joiner in my father’s business. I started off in form work then moved on to finishings and ironmongery. After a number of years in each of these roles, I progressed to doing full builds with complete finishing works.

What are you most proud of in your career?

The thing I am most proud of is creating my own business from the ground up and making it through some really challenging times, which meant having to adapt and learn new skills to be successful.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

In 10 years’ time I would like to have expanded my business to create jobs and opportunities for others looking to start in the industry like I did.

Any advice on how to get into construction?

The construction industry can be frustrating, especially during a recession, but with the right amount of effort it is possible to succeed and have a very rewarding career.

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Qualifications & Training

There are no official qualifications required to be a bathroom fitter. However, it is generally advised to achieve GCSEs in English and mathematics at a grade C or above.

In Scotland, there are jobs available in this occupation, however there is currently no funded modern apprenticeship route to entry.

Many bathroom fitters obtain or have obtained qualifications in other jobs in the construction industry, such as joinery, plumbing and electrical installation. Employers such as construction companies or construction agencies may also take you on if you have experience in a related trade such as plastering, tiling or cabinetmaking.

Some bathroom fitting companies offer construction apprenticeships, which will allow you to earn while you learn. Alternatively, you could enter the industry by learning installation skills through a college course.

 

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Career trends and forecasts

16,110 total staff needed

The UK construction industry will need a total of 16110 plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning roles (which includes bathroom fitters) to meet demand between 2016 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of the demand for these construction jobs will be in the East of England.

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